Proverbs (Part 072) - Pro 6:32-33


1. Pro 6:32 - "But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul." A. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: i. Understanding n. - 1. a. (Without article.) Power or ability to understand; intellect, intelligence. b. of understanding, intelligent, capable of judging with knowledge. Similarly of some, of no, understanding. a. Therefore, the man who commits adultery lacks intelligence and the capability to judge with knowledge. b. In other words, he is a stupid idiot. ii. The man who is seduced by a strange woman is void of understanding (Pro 7:7 c/w Pro 7:21-22). a. Void adj. - I. 1. a. Of a see, benefice, etc.: Having no incumbent, holder, or possessor; unoccupied, vacant. 4. Not occupied by visible contents; containing no matter; empty, unfilled: b. The skull of the adulterer is not occupied by visible contents, contains no matter, and is empty. c. In other words, he is an imbecile. iii. Given that it is common knowledge that those who commit adultery are heinous criminals (Job 31:9-11), will be judged by God (Heb 13:4), have the lake of fire awaiting them (Rev 21:8), will be brought to poverty (Job 31:12; Pro 5:10; Pro 6:26), will have their flesh consumed with STDs (Pro 5:11), will destroy their family, and bring reproach upon themselves (Pro 6:33), it is no exaggeration to say that they are stupid, blockheaded, foolish dolts. B. he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. i. The thief will lose his possessions if he is found out (Pro 6:30-31). ii. But the adulterer destroys his own soul, whether or not he is caught. iii. Adultery is suicide of the soul. iv. He destroys himself in the ways just mentioned above. v. God will judge his soul in this life (Heb 13:4). vi. And if he is not under the blood of Christ, God will also destroy his soul in hell for all eternity (Pro 7:27; Mat 10:28). vii. Having an exciting adulterous affair is certainly not worth losing your own soul over, either temporally or eternally (Mar 8:36). 2. Pro 6:33 - "A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away." A. A wound and dishonour shall he get; i. The adulterer (Pro 6:32) shall get a wound for his sin. a. Wound n. - 1. a. A hurt caused by the laceration or separation of the tissues of the body by a hard or sharp instrument, a bullet, etc.; an external injury. b. A wound is an external injury which is visible to others. (i) This could be a physical injury such as a beating from the adulteress' husband (Pro 6:34). (ii) It could also be wounding of the stones or damage done to the privy member (Deut 23:1) by an STD (Pro 5:11). (iii) It could be a wounding of the head when he is stoned to death for adultery (Lev 20:10). (iv) The wound could also be spiritual by being cut out of the body of Christ (the local church) and left to wither (1Co 5:5-7; Joh 15:2, 6; Rom 11:20-22). c. Wounds are painful and leave scars that last a lifetime as a reminder of our sin and folly. ii. He will also get dishonour. a. Dishonour n. - 1. The reverse of honour; the withholding of the tokens of esteem, respect, or reverence due to any one; the condition in which these are withheld or the contrary shown; a state of shame or disgrace; ignominy, indignity. b. The adulterer's honour will be taken from him and given to another (Pro 5:9), and he will be left with dishonour. c. He will be dishonoured by his wife, children, family, friends, church, coworkers, and community. d. Marriage is honourable (Heb 13:4); adultery is dishonourable. e. Adulterers deserve no esteem, respect, or reverence, but rather shame, disgrace, and ignominy. B. and his reproach shall not be wiped away. i. Reproach n. - 1. A source or cause of disgrace or shame (to a person, etc.); a fact, matter, feature or quality bringing disgrace or discredit upon one. 2. Shame, disgrace, opprobrium, or blame, incurred by or falling upon a person or thing. †in reproach, blamed, censured. ii. Adultery is a source of disgrace and shame. iii. An adulterer's reproach shall not be wiped away for two reasons. a. Firstly, it is the one sin which can cause a man to be in a state of sin. (i) Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery (Mar 10:11). 1. Marriage is a lifelong covenant (Rom 7:2-3). 2. Therefore, the man who divorces his wife and marries another is in a state of adultery as long as either his first or second wife lives. 3. His blame (reproach) shall not be wiped away. (ii) A man (also true of a woman) who commits adultery will be in a state of adultery if his wife puts him away for it and doesn't take him back. 1. Adultery breaks the marriage covenant and frees the innocent spouse but not the guilty spouse (Mat 19:9). 2. A man who breaks a lifelong covenant is in a state of covenant-breaking as long as the covenant is broken and not restored. 3. Since adultery broke the covenant, he is in state of adultery as long as the covenant is broken. 4. His blame (reproach) will not be wiped away unless wife forgives him and restores the marriage covenant. 5. See sermon on Adultery and Church Membership for more information: b. Secondly, the adulterer's reproach will not be wiped away because it is such a heinous crime that his wife, children, and all others will never forget it. c. People can excuse a thief who steals to feed himself when he is starving (Pro 6:30), but not an adulterer who stole another man's wife. d. Solomon could speak from experience knowing that he was the product of a marriage that was occasioned by the adultery of his father David and his mother Bathsheba. (i) His parents' reproach from their adultery was never wiped away because it was recorded in the scriptures, and people are still disgusted by it to this day. (ii) This is probably one of the reasons Solomon warned his son so profusely of the dangers of the strange woman.
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